DC Universe Online Enters Beta Testing

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Instead of actually releasing new games, publishers and developers are apparently more interested in using the summer doldrums as a time to beta test games to come during the all-too-crowded holiday rush. Already this summer beta testing has begun for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Final Fantasy XIV and Star Wars: The Old Republic, and now the next MMORPG sensation from Sony Online Entertainment, DC Universe Online, too has entered its beta testing phase.

You can sign up for the beta this very moment at the DC Universe Online website, choosing your preferred platform — PC or PS3 — to test on. And if you get into the beta and find the game to your liking, you can always log off and pre-order a copy to score yourself some newly announced bonus content. There are different pre-order incentives depending on the retailer, which you can look up in more detail here, but they all include an exclusive mode enabling you to play as Batman in a two-on-two Player-vs.-Player combat arena and generally some form of unique in-game weapon or item.

Also just announced, the PC version of DC Universe Online has been bundled into an exclusive Collector’s Edition set. Priced at a whopping $100, the Collector’s Edition will include a Batman statue, a 56-page The Art of DC Universe Online art book, a DC Universe Online prestige comic written by Geoff Johns, and a limited edition DC Universe Online: Legends Issue #0 comic, written by Tony Bedard and illustrated by Oliver Nome, Michael Lopez and Livio Ramondelli with an original cover by comic artist and the game’s executive creative director, Jim Lee.

DC Universe Online launches this November. Check out new screenshots and art spotlighting The Joker below.

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